path covered in mulch

Another idea for using autumn leaves: make a path

by Connie Oswald Stofko I was very fortunate to be able to go outside yesterday afternoon and work with my leaves– and I have lots of them. My wonderful neighbor raked her leaves into my driveway so that I could crunch them up with my lawnmower. Another friend cleaned up her mother’s yard and...
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November 29, 2016
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Open sessions set for holiday decorating projects at Mischler’s

Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses will hold an open session for you to do a couple of holiday decorating projects– decorate a wreath or decorate a miniature garden. It isn’t a class where you have to arrive at a certain time. You can do the projects anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec....
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November 29, 2016
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Webinar to explain how to apply for Community Impact Grants

A webinar to explain how to apply for Community Impact Grants to  mitigate environmental and public health threats in low-income and minority communities will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 by the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Office of Environmental Justice. Not-for-profit community-based organizations are eligible to apply. Register for the webinar here. Previous...
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November 29, 2016
patio with walkway from A Growing Business

6 tips for working with landscapers– #1: Get on list quick for spring work

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Don’t wait until April to call a landscaper if you’re hoping to have your landscape done in May,” said said Claire Brown, CNLP, president and designer at A Growing Business, 11554 Wyandale Rd., Springville. That’s her first tip on what a gardener should do when working with a landscaper. The...
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November 22, 2016
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Poinsettia, Garden Railway Exhibits start Nov. 25 at Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens are gearing up for the holidays. The whole family can marvel at the colorful, massive displays at Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Jan. 8 at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park...
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November 22, 2016
Gardner pie at Goodman's in Niagara Falls

Fresh produce is part of holiday celebrations, gift giving

When he was a kid, Ray Crawley would get fruit in his Christmas stocking. It was the kind of fruit his family didn’t have every day back then– things like pomegranates and tangerines and dates. You can get those special treats as well as home-grown produce and holiday gifts at Goodman’s Farm Market, 2227...
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November 22, 2016
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Take a family photo with poinsettia backdrop at Mischler’s– It’s free

The holiday tradition of taking photos with a backdrop of hundreds of poinsettias is being continued again this year at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. Snap a family holiday photo with your own camera or phone, using hundreds of Mischler’s poinsettias as your backdrop. Stylish wooden outdoor furniture will be...
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November 22, 2016
soap slivers to keep deer and rabbits out of your garden

Simple and cheap tips for preventing deer & rabbits from eating your plants

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can never have too many tips for keeping deer and rabbits away from our plants. Even if we find something that works, the animals often get used to that technique and we have to try something else. Here are a bunch of tips. One is from me, but the...
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November 15, 2016
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Applications available for grants from Garden Walk Buffalo; deadline is Feb. 17

Applications are available for Marvin Lunenfeld Beautification Grants, named for Garden Walk Buffalo’s founder. Completed applications are due Feb. 17, 2017, with anticipated funding awards announced in early spring of 2017. You can find applications and eligibility requirements here or call (716) 247-5004 and they will mail you an application. The organizers say the...
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November 15, 2016
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Apply by Dec. 20 for scholarships in garden writing, photography or blogging

Scholarships are available for college or technical school students who are interested in pursuing a career in garden writing, photography or blogging. The scholarships are awarded by the GWA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable subsidiary of the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. The application deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 20. View the full scholarship guidelines...
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November 15, 2016